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On the Cultivation of Gardens


On the Cultivation of Gardens

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    Walafrid Strabo(Author)
Cultural Writing. Gardening. Widely regarded as the first gardening book in European history, and currently the only translation available in English, this book was written in the ninth century by Walafrid Strabo, Abbot of the Carolingian monastery at Reichenau Island. It tells us what our medieval gardener is growing in his garden, explains the benefits and medicinal properties of the plants, and gives an idea of how they are to be looked after. James Mitchell introduces and translates this classic from the original Latin hexameters, and S.F. Bay Area gardening columnist Richard Schwarzenberger provides a foreword.
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  • PDF | 83 pages
  • Walafrid Strabo(Author)
  • Ithuriel's Spear (15 Dec. 2008)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science & Nature
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  • By Angharad Gask on 28 April 2014

    The text is beautiful and the translation is quite loose and in some places very loose (there is no 8th century monastic Latin equivalent for C**p, so why use the word?). However, the text is rarely translated, so I take what I can get and am thankful.

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